City defends Durban mayor's convoy crash

2015-07-17 15:26
The eThekwini Metro Police blue light vehicle that was involved in an accident. (Zwakele Mncwango, via Facebook)

The eThekwini Metro Police blue light vehicle that was involved in an accident. (Zwakele Mncwango, via Facebook)

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Durban - The eThekwini Municipality has defended the use of metro police to beef up Mayor James Nxumalo’s security detail after a police car crashed at an ANC funeral event on Tuesday.

The leader of the Democratic Alliance in KwaZulu-Natal, Zwakele Mncwango, had criticised the police escort, saying Nxumalo’s team of six bodyguards was sufficient.

The city offered a protracted explanation for the accident, insisting that the mayoral convoy had gone to several water conservation events around Durban before pushing on to Empangeni.

“The City can confirm the accident involving a Metro vehicle, which was part of the mayor’s team. All the activities were conducted by the mayor in his official capacity as the mayor of eThekwini Municipality. Metro Police were authorised to form part of the mayoral protection team for the roadshow,” the City said in a statement.

“Metro Police provides the mayor with additional assistance on a need-to basis, which is largely informed by the nature of the event he is attending. The above is not limited to a mayoral escort, but to all other senior public representatives and other deserving dignitaries as per security considerations.

“Strict approval procedures by Metro Police are applied in this regard, particularly where such escorts extend beyond the eThekwini Municipal jurisdiction. According to the preliminary report, an elderly driver of a private vehicle which was travelling in the opposite direction lost control of his vehicle after hitting a speed hump and collided with the Metro Police vehicle.

“Metro Police members were treated on scene for minor injuries and are back at work. The local South African Police Services are investigating the accident,” the statement said.

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